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Florida's school voucher program will accept 2012-13 applications early

After a flood of applications last year, Florida's private school vouchers program will begin accepting applications a month earlier than usual.

Officials for Step Up for Children, the organization that administers the vouchers, have moved up the start of the application period to March for the 2012-2013 academic school year.

Florida's private school vouchers program has expanded dramatically since its inception in 2001. It now offers scholarships to nearly 38,000 students, a 20 percent growth from the 2010-11 school year, in 1,189 schools. In Pinellas County, enrollment has doubled since 2008-09 — now, 1,134 students in 69 schools received vouchers.

Each voucher is worth $4,011, a drop from $4,106 in the previous year. Step Up for Children officials say the value decreased because of state budget cuts but anticipate it will rise by $200 in 2012-13.


• Abundant Life Christian Academy

• Blossom Montessori School For The Deaf

• Calvary Christian High School

• Christ The Lord Lutheran School

• Clearwater Academy International Inc.

• Clearwater Central Catholic High School

• Countryside Christian Academy

• Depaul School For Dyslexia Inc.

• First Lutheran School

• Guardian Angels Catholic School

• Heritage Christian Academy

• Iva Christian School

• Lakeside Christian School

• Safety Harbor Montessori Academy

• Saint Cecelia Interparochial

• Skycrest Christian School

• Woodlawn Community Academy


• Cornerstone Christian School

• Dunedin Academy

• Our Lady of Lourdes


• Walden School


• Grad Academy

• Indian Rocks Christian School

• Saint Patrick School

• Westside Christian School

Palm Harbor

• Center Academy

New Horizons Country Day School

• New Middle School

• Palm Harbor Montessori School

• Suncoast Waldorf School

• Westlake Christian School

Pinellas Park

• American Montessori Academy

• Center Academy-Pinellas Park

• Classical Christian School For The Arts Inc.

• Creative Learning Center

• Esther's School

• Morning Star School of Pinellas Park

• Sacred Heart Interparochial School


• Oldsmar Christian School

Safety Harbor

• Northbay Christian Academy


• Bay Pines Lutheran School

• Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

St. Pete Beach

• St. John Vianney Catholic School

St. Petersburg

• Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg

• Admiral Farragut Academy

• Alegria Montessori School Inc.

• Bethel Community Christian School

• Community Christian School of Five Oaks

• Elim Junior Academy

• Grace Lutheran School

• Gulf Coast Christian School

• Gulfcoast Seventh-day Adventist School

• Keswick Christian School

• Liberty Christian School

• Mount Moriah Christian Fundamental Academy

• New Middle School

• Northside Christian School

• St. Jude Cathedral School

• St. Patrick School

• St. Petersburg Catholic High School

• St. Petersburg Christian School

• Southside Christian Academy

• St. Raphael Catholic School

• The Academy

• The Broach School

• The New Latter Day King Queen Christian School for all Students Inc.

• The School of the Immaculata

• Yvonne C. Reed Christian Academy

Tarpon Springs

• First Christian Academy

• Solid Rock Community School

• St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian School

Source: Step Up for Children

Florida's school voucher program will accept 2012-13 applications early 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:47pm]
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